Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a result of hyperactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (severe sweating of the underarms), sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements. Prescription strength antiperspirants, oral medications, and Botox® may be used for short-term treatment. Liposuction or MiraDry® can be used for permanent relief. Liposuction and MiraDry are not covered by insurance. Botox may be covered by some plans; patient should confirm with their individual insurance plan prior to treatment.
Botox® treatment has been approved by the FDA for excessive sweating. Botox® treatment helps control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. The effects of Botox® treatment for this problem last an average of six to seven months.
Liposuction of the Axilla
Liposuction results in a permanent reduction in the amount of sweat production. Reduction is accomplished by removing the sweat glands in the fatty layer and by fibrosis of unremoved glands. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with minimal downtime and soreness. In general, there is a reduction in sweating of the underarms of about 60 to 70 percent.
MiraDry is a non-invasive treatment that provides a lasting solution for excessive underarm sweating without the use of toxins or surgery. It eliminates the glands that produce both the sweat and the associated odor.